GNU GRUB 0.5.96 - FINAL TEST RELEASE
I'm pleased to announce release 0.5.96 of GNU GRUB, which is the
*final* test release of GRUB. The next release will be GRUB 1.0, so
we appreciate you testing 0.5.96 to help us make 1.0 stable.
You can get 0.5.96 from:
Also available in that directory is `grub-0.5.96-i386-pc.ext2fs', a
filesystem image suitable for use on a floppy disk.
GRUB 0.5.96 will also be available shortly from your favorite Debian
mirrors (currently only for GNU/Linux, but hopefully a Debian
maintainer with a working GNU/Hurd machine will recompile it).
Here is the relevant NEWS:
New in 0.5.96 - 2000-10-04:
* New commands, "reboot" and "halt".
* New command, "hiddenmenu". You can hide the menu interface by default
with this command.
* You can specify `--no-mem-option' to the command "kernel", if you want
GRUB not to pass a Linux's mem option automatically.
* Now GRUB is compliant with the Linux/i386 boot protocol version 2.02.
* The network support is updated to Etherboot-4.6.4.
* Symlinks in ReiserFS are supported.
* Add a workaround into the grub shell, so that it works fine even under
* Add a new option `--stage2' into the commands "install" and "setup",
to let the grub shell know what the file name of Stage 2 is under your
operating system. You must specify the option correctly, if you cannot
unmount the partition where GRUB images reside. We'd recommend _not_
using those commands directly, but using the utility "grub-install"
instead, because this is safer.
* One violation against the Network Boot Image Proposal was found and
fixed. So now the image `nbgrub' can work fine even with a card such
* Serial terminal support is added. The configure script accepts
a new option `--enable-serial'. If it is specified, you can use two
new commands, "serial" and "terminal" in the command-line and the
menu. See the manual, for more details.
* Preserve the possible magic number used by Windows NT in a MBR.
* The command-line interface is switched to single-line editing mode.
* Only for developers: the configure script accepts
`--enable-serial-speed-simulation', which is useful when you want to
simulate the speed of a serial device on a psuedo terminal.
* Also only for developers: you can specify an optional argument to the
option `--hold' for the grub shell. The argument means how many
seconds the grub shell should wait until diving into the main routine.
* New command, "savedefault". Now you can save current entry number to
your disk with this command and then you can set the default boot
entry to it by the command "default saved".
* Add a new option `--prefix' into the command "setup", so that you can
specify the name of a directory which contains GRUB images. And, the
behavior of this command changed slightly, that is, this command now
searchs stage1 automatically under "/boot/grub" and "/grub", unless
you specify the option `--prefix'.
* The utility `grub-install' recognizes a separate boot partition
* New commands, "partnew" and "parttype". You can modify partition
tables with these commands.
As always, thanks to the many people who have made GRUB possible.
Gordon Matzigkeit <email@example.com> //\ I'm a FIG (http://fig.org/)
Committed to freedom and diversity \// I use GNU (http://www.gnu.org/)